Schlocky B-movie kingpin amps up the camp in Austin drag tribute during Texas tour
Scary Movie News
A schlocky movie tour is hitting the Lone Star State, starring Lloyd Kaufman, president of Troma Entertainment, the B-movie kingpin, who'll make stops in DFW and the Hill County in late February and early March.
No stranger to Texas, Kaufman is coming to attend the Cult Classic Convention in Bastrop, a three-day horror and cult movie convention taking place from March 3-5.
He'll bookend that with stops in DFW and Austin; the latter includes drag performances by both locally and nationally known stars Bulimianne Rhapsody and Louisianna Purchase, featured on competition shows.
Troma is famous for campy gory films such as 1984's The Toxic Avenger, and who could forget 1986's Class Of Nuke 'Em High?
As Film School Rejects observes, Troma films are considered by many to be "crude, childish, and generally done in bad taste."
But a press release counterpoints that Troma provides an entry point for filmmakers with little to no experience. Is that a good thing? This is not for us to say. The company has a streaming platform called Troma Now, which hosts shorts and independent films from around the world.
The tour through Texas will include the following stops:
February 28, 8:30 pm: Screening of Troma classic Tromeo and Juliet at the Texas Theatre in Dallas, with Lloyd and various Troma characters in attendance for autographs and photo ops.
March 1, 5:30 pm: Kaufman appears at Weird Wednesday, a monthly cult movie series and vendor marketplace held at Southside Preservation Hall in Fort Worth, where he'll introduce and conduct a Q&A for his film Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.
March 3, 11 pm: Tromatic Drag Tribute Show, featuring Bulimianne Rhapsody (star of Camp Wannakiki on OUTtv), Louisianna Purchase (star of The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula on Shudder), and other Austin area drag and burlesque performers, at Valhalla in Austin. Performances will be Troma-themed, with Houston DJ PostModernSleaze.
March 4, 7:30 pm: Kaufman will present his most recent film, #ShakespearesShitstorm, at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, with a post-movie Q&A, autographs, and photo ops.
On March 2, Kaufman will also be at UNT in Denton, teaching a filmmaking class, but it's not open to the public.
Tickets for the convention ($15-125) are available at cultclassicconvention.com. Tickets for the Austin show (starting at $10) are available via Eventbrite.